Daily Devotion Monday, 05 March 2018
The righteousness of faith
In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul communicated his earnest desire for the nation of Israel to be saved. As he outlined his concern for them, he described the reason for their fallen state. He acknowledged that they had a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. What was it that they did not know? Paul said that they did not know about God's righteousness, which he called, 'the righteousness of faith'. This was evident because they sought to establish their own righteousness through the keeping of the law, rather than by subjecting themselves to the righteousness of God.
Paul was explaining the plight of the Israelites to highlight that this is a dilemma that every believer must negotiate. There are many Christians who have a zeal for God, yet their preoccupation is their own righteousness, rather than the righteousness that comes by faith. This way of living leads only to condemnation.
Paul quoted the words of Moses to instruct us concerning the righteousness of faith. He said that the righteousness of faith speaks as follows: 'Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is to bring Christ down), or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).' Rather, the righteousness of faith says, 'The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching'. These were the same words that Moses spoke to the children of Israel as they prepared to enter the land of promise. The key point for the children of Israel, and for each one of us, is to receive the word of faith. Faith enables us to join the fellowship of offering, through which the righteousness of God is revealed.
|Rom 1:16-17 2Co 5:21 Php 3:8-9 Deu 30:11-14 Isa 51:6-8|
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